Novell’s SUSE Linux

SUSE Linux
Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Earns Top Honors at LinuxWorld Frankfurt
Friday December 2, 8:30 am ET
International Jury Votes SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Over Red Hat

WALTHAM, Mass., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ — Novell’s (Nasdaq: NOVL – News) SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server was named Best Enterprise Server Distribution at the LinuxWorld* Conference & Expo in Frankfurt, Germany, in November. With 53 percent of the vote from a 200-member international jury, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server beat Red Hat* Enterprise Linux (37 percent) and Mandriva* (8 percent) to earn the sixth-annual Linux New Media award for best enterprise Linux*.
“This award recognizes the outstanding effort Novell puts into innovation and quality, and it’s gratifying when independent experts acknowledge the value our work brings to the market,” said Jeff Jaffe, executive vice president and chief technology officer for Novell. “We make sure SUSE Linux Enterprise Server can handle the most demanding enterprise computing needs. Credit is shared with the open source community and our customers for working with us to ensure open source is ready for mission-critical challenges.”

The 2005 awards jury included developers, authors, industry experts and representatives from public administration. For a complete list of 2005 Linux New Media award winners, visit http://www.linux- .

About Novell

Novell, Inc. delivers Software for the Open Enterprise(TM). With more than 50,000 customers in 43 countries, Novell helps customers manage, simplify, secure and integrate their technology environments by leveraging best-of-breed, open standards-based software. With over 20 years of experience, more than 5,000 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world, Novell helps customers gain control over their IT operating environment while reducing cost. More information about Novell can be found at .

NOTE: Novell and SUSE are registered trademarks and Software for the Open Enterprise is a trademark of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. *Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Source: Novell, Inc.

Firefox 1.5: Not Ready For Prime Time?

Firefox 1.5 has been out since November 29, 2005, and has garnered glowing reviews around the Internet. This is not one of them. In fact, I recommend holding off, at least temporarily, on installing Firefox 1.5. I’ve installed and used Firefox 1.5 through the betas, and had no trouble, but somewhere early in the Release Candidates I began to encounter problems. And I’m beginning to learn that I might not be alone in that. I can’t speak with authority that a large number of Firefox users are having issues with Firefox 1.5; I am, though, hearing sufficient reports about trouble to be cautious.
The issues people are reporting to me are highly varied. Some of the more dramatic problems have included damaged Firefox profiles and loss of right-button context menus, but the more common issues by far have to do with CPU and/or memory usage.

Problems With Memory
Matt McKenzie, Editor of the Linux Pipeline, recently sent me a screenshot that showed Firefox 1.5’s main process (firefox.exe) using 398,108K physical memory and 405,540K virtual memory — way more than is comfortable or necessary. And the number, he said, was rising while he was sitting there. On the other hand, on my system, a quick check showed Firefox 1.5 using about 27,000K on first launch, and between 50,000K and 60,000K after a couple of hours of hard use. That level of memory use is within bounds. (By comparison, IE6 used only 13,000K after initial launch on the same machine in the same session.)

Microsoft DRM Woes

First Sony gets themselves knee-deep in DRM problems, and now Microsoft is the next to piss us off with special DRM protection re: Xbox 360. The 360 is perfectly capable of streaming music from a networked PC, unfortunately there seems to be a little problem when trying to load MP3s onto the hard drive in the premium edition. It appears that the 360 will only play back music if it is ripped onto the 360 hard drive from an audio CD. And for a generation of kids and adults who no longer purchase traditional music CDs, this could quickly become a giant pain in the ass.

Windows Live Local maps bird’s eye views

Microsoft launches Windows Live Local with bird’s eye views of major cities among other improvements.

I know, I know, maps again, yawn. But this is something you ought to see: Windows Live Local’s got tons of super closeup photos taken from low-flying planes over major cities, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle and Las Vegas. Being a total sucker for aerial photography I just burned a lot of time hovering over the streets of NYC. Oh, you want to view Lady Liberty from the south and not the west? Switch the angle with a click of a button.

Also, pushpins keep track of your places on a personalized scratch pad that persists over sessions, and emailable driving directions are available. My only beef? The name of this product gives no hint there’s a map involved. How about – and this is crazy, I know – Microsoft Maps?

Scientists Unlock Reasons Cancer Spreads

Posted by samzenpus on Thursday December 08, @05:00AM
from the malignant-ambassador dept.
* * Beatles-Beatles writes “Instead of a cell just breaking off from a tumor and traveling through the bloodstream to another organ where it forms a secondary tumour, or metastasis, researchers in the United States have shown that the cancer sends out envoys to prepare the new site.”